Jane Kidd, textile artist and 2016 Canada Council laureate – a film by Black Rhino Creative
Jane Kidd, textile artist and 2016 Canada Council laureate – a film by Black Rhino Creative


I spend a lot of time
putting quite a lot of detail so that there’s
a lot to look at in the works from a close range
as well as a more graphic image which you might see
from a little bit of distance. I really value that kind
of allowing the viewer to move in and out of the work
at different ranges. I think that also draws
them into the process because as you come close to
a work, you see the subtleties. And in recognizing
these subtleties I think you get a sense
of the maker’s hand. When you’re handling materials, when you’re physically
manipulating something, there’s nothing between me
and what I’m doing. There’s not a paintbrush,
there’s not a press. You’re very intimately involved
with what you’re doing. I use symbols all the time. Anything I work with
usually has many references. Some might be fairly obvious and
others are much more cryptic. I was really interested
in places where people still do things by hand
and they had a kind of aesthetic that I was
much more interested in. Even now,
though I might be dealing with different
subject matter in my work, I’m constantly looking
back at the history of textiles for links that will
connect my work to that history. I think hand processes
will continue and it may be because we’re moving
into a digital age where we’re so removed
from everything we work with. We really have no idea how
it’s made or how it functions. Most people don’t know how
their computer functions. They don’t know
how most of the things they live with actually work. Whereas with a handmade
object there’s a very direct human connection to that
object – and it’s knowable, it’s understandable.

2 thoughts on “Jane Kidd, textile artist and 2016 Canada Council laureate – a film by Black Rhino Creative”

  1. Christian A. N. D. Julie says:

    Wow, lovely work Jane Kidd! Sorry we missed you on SSI when we were out there this December!

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